Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences has a dynamic team of inter-disciplinary curators who conduct research in archaeology, history, anthropology, rock art, museumology, object biographies and materiality...

Department of Natural Science

The Department of Natural Science is one of two research departments within the museum, housing specimens dating back to 1879...

Exhibition Department

KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Exhibition Department conceptualises, designs and oversees both the permanent and temporary exhibitions within the Museum...

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Welcome to

KwaZulu-Natal Museum

KwaZulu-Natal Museum is a popular tourist and educational amenity and acclaimed centre of scholarly research, offers thousands of visitors a feast of attractive, modern and user friendly displays. The KZN Museum is dedicated to increasing understanding of the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa and of the natural world, through the collection, study and display of real objects. The Museum opened its doors on 30 November 1904 and is now home to several of South Africa's most important heritage collections. The collections are of international renown, and feature regional archaeology, African cultural products, European settler history, seashells, insects and other forms of animal life. The KZN Museum is proud to be the custodian of one of the most important collections of Zulu craft objects. The largest national Museum in KwaZulu-Natal, this Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of objects of cultural and scientific value, concentrating on both the Natural and Human Sciences. The exhibition galleries are continually being upgraded to make the museum even more effective and enjoyable.  

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Our location

237 Jabu Ndlovu Street
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal 3201

Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 8:15 to 16:30 
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00 
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00


Get in touch

+27 33 345 1404


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Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences




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Venue Hire

Did you know that the KZN Museum has two venues that can be hired for meetings/workshops/conferences and even birthday parties?

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In April, Ghilraen Laue (Human Sciences Department) and Samukelisiwe Ngubane (Education Department) visited St Martin’s Pre-primary in Durban to educate the learners about archaeology. The 144 pre-schoolers were given a lecture punctuated by fun activities where they learned the basics of archaeology and archaeological methods. This was followed by two interactive activities where the learners got to practice painting with natural pigments like the San and where they got to experience what it is like to take part in an archaeological excavation

FREE ENTRY - All Day This Saturday the 18th of May 2019.Did you know that this Saturday is International Museum Day? To celebrate this, we are offering the public free entry in to the Museum on Saturday. Bring the whole family for a visit. Otherwise come and visit the Museum stand outside the Pick n Pay Court at Liberty Midlands Mall this Sat or Sun and collect a free entry ticket!

Please take note of the hours of operation for the KZN Museum during this Easter Weekend. Wishing all those who celebrate, a very Happy Easter!

On the 6th of March the Human Science department visited Sheshisamsamo Primary School in Muden, Ntshekane (KZN). The archaeology team presented a talk on Iron Age Archaeology, in particular - the Iron Age of Ntshekane. The main speakers were Dr Gavin Whitelaw and Mr Phumulani Madonda. Ntshekane is close to Greytown and is an Early Iron Age site. The site was first excavated by Professor Tim Maggs in 1973, and now Dr Whitelaw resumed with the work since 2014. The KZN Museum has since established a close relationship with the community of Ntshekane In 2018 the acting headman of the area Mr Mnchunu and some of the villagers including the principal of Sheshisamsamo Primary School, Mrs Myaka were invited by Dr G. Whitelaw to visit the KZN Museum. The talk was presented to grade 6 and 7 learners from the school and was well received by all.